Colorado born and Pony Club raised, Vicki moved to the East Coast in the late 1990s and drew attention from Captain Mark Phillips and the USET Olympic Team Selectors with her competitive finishes against some of the top riders in the US. Most notably, she proved herself with a top finish at the MBNA Foxhall Cup CCI*** aboard Reggae Mon and earned a coveted spot on the short list for the 2001 Burghley Pedigree Chum CCI**** in England. She was selected for the USET Developing Rider Program for the third time on her home bred mare Fine China and was a hopeful for the 2004 Olympics.
To have achieved such a high level and had such wonderful success on two horses that I started under saddle is truly a dream come true.
Vicki is currently competing at events in Area IX aboard several horses. She is also actively pursuing a USEA Level III Instructor Certification and hosted and participated in 2 jumping workshops with Karen O’Connor. She will be attending a level III Dressage Workshop with Brian Sabo in September 2016 and plans to sit for her assessment in the Spring of 2017.
“Vicki’s depth of knowledge is exceptional. She is a gifted horsewoman, rider, trainer and teacher who incorporats sport psychology into every lesson to bring out the best in horse and rider.” Karen O’ Connor
Vicki is known as a friendly, positive teacher and trainer. Whether it’s bravely galloping cross country, developing confidence and grace in dressage, meeting that perfect spot in show jumping, or simply summoning up the courage to put your foot in the stirrup, Vicki has the knowledge and skill to help all levels of riders– from the beginner to advanced– develop confidence and improve their performance.
“I’ve always enjoyed teaching – to watch a horse and rider as a team develop and achieves their goals is very satisfying to me. I believe in positive reinforcement for both horse and rider and utilizing sports psychology as well as physical development to produce a team that believes in themselves! Once you accomplish this, anything is possible!”
What sets Vicki apart is that she is also a skilled Orthopedic Physical Therapist.
I combine my horse training and riding instruction with my knowledge of human anatomy and movement. Physical ailments in the rider can cause multiple issues in the horse’s performance. Becoming a Physical Therapist has given me a huge toolbox for helping riders on and off the horse in so many ways.
Vicki is available for training, catch rides, lessons and coaching to improve you and your horse in dressage, cross county riding, show jumping, hunters, natural horsemanship and much more. Contact Vicki directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 815-7587 to speak with her directly.